Associate Director of Academic Programs – Global Human Development, School of Foreign Service

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Associate Director of Academic Programs – Global Human Development, School of Foreign Service
The Master of Global Human Development is an innovative, academically rigorous skills-based graduate program, in the School of Foreign Service, that is designed to prepare the next generation of development professionals to work with public sector agencies, private businesses, and non-profit organizations involved in the sector. 
The Associate Director of Academic Programs is responsible for student advising and counseling, curriculum management and academic administration, admissions and recruitment, and alumni and external relations. The Associate Director of Academic Programs reports to the Director and works closely with the Program Administrator and the Events and Outreach Coordinator.  Duties include but are not limited to:
Student Advising and Counseling
  • Advises and counsels MGHD students regarding academic requirements, policies, procedures, and financial aid planning.
  • Assigns faculty advisors to all students and counsels students on course selection and offerings. 
  • Serves as primary point of contact for student feedback regarding program, curriculum, faculty, school, and university.
  • Creates, updates, and disseminates MGHD Graduate Student Handbook.
  • Advises all undergraduate and graduate students receiving certificates on requirements, policies, and procedures.
  • Manages new student orientation and assists and counsels students in adjusting to graduate life and residence in Washington, DC.
  • Designs, plans, and directs various student activities including orientation, ethics retreat, career panels, receptions, and other activities.
  • Fields employer inquiries and disseminates job announcements, and works with career center to guide and counsel students on career paths and job opportunities.
Curriculum Management and Academic Administration
  • Tracks the academic progress of all students to ensure successful completion of degree and certificate requirements, including language proficiency requirements.
  • Implements curriculum, including organizing, scheduling, and managing course offerings; creating approved course listings; and identifying potential new course offerings.
  • Manages registration/pre-registration processes.
  • Writes and disseminates MGHD academic requirements, regulations, and policies for university and department websites, catalogues, and promotional brochures.
  • Works with the designated faculty lead to manage the development and placement of students in summer field projects, and helps ensure that students meet all summer field project requirements.
  • Coordinates and assists students in finding Washington-based academic-year internships, and monitors fulfillment of internship requirements.
  • Organizes and participates in identifying, recruiting, and reviewing of adjunct appointments, and helps orient new faculty to Georgetown and to the GHD program.
  • Works with the Director of Certificate Programs to manage undergraduate and graduate certificate programs
External and Alumni Relations
  • Organizes MGHD alumni career panels and facilitates ad hoc alumni presentations, working with the SFS Director of Alumni Engagement where appropriate.
  • Establishes and maintains an MGHD alumni database and facilitates communications between the program and alumni.
  • Drafts, edits, and presents an annual report on the academic program development to the External Advisory Board, external partner organizations, and donors and other supporters.
  • Provides evaluations for and participates in security clearance process for current students and alumni.
Recruitment and Admissions
  • Ensures program competitiveness through the development and implementation of recruitment and admissions strategies, including social media outreach, advertisement of scholarships, recruiting events, etc.
  • Actively recruits and advises applicants on admission process and program requirements.
  • Manages admissions process, including the tracking of all admissions files, response to inquiries, communications with potential applicants, notification of all admitted funded applications, communication with admitted students, etc.
  • Manages the and provides support to the Admissions Committee, participates as a member of the Admissions Committee, participates in the assessment and selection of applicants for admission and selection of applications for financial assistance.
  • Organizes and manages Admitted Students Day.
  • Serves on various scholarship/fellowship committees within SFS or the university, and assesses and supports student efforts in obtaining external scholarships.
  • Represents the program in Graduate School and SFS Admissions meetings.
  • Master's degree in international development or related field
  • 5+ years of related professional experience, with a preference for experience working in developing countries or in development-related organizations; also a preference for experience working in academic administration.
  • Excellent attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and responsiveness and ability to work to deadlines
  • Commitment to professionalism, team work, and client-service, with a ‘can-do’ orientation
  • Master and uphold university regulations, to advise the director, faculty and students on appropriate courses of action in accordance with regulations, and to exercise leadership in all areas of responsibility of the position. 
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